GeE 134: A Sign of Jonah

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Ten names, these are a start:

134. Like the prophet Jonah, we are constantly tempted to flee to a safe haven. It can have many names:

  • individualism,
  • spiritualism,
  • living in a little world,
  • addiction,
  • intransigence,
  • the rejection of new ideas and approaches,
  • dogmatism,
  • nostalgia,
  • pessimism,
  • hiding behind rules and regulations.

We can resist leaving behind a familiar and easy way of doing things. Yet the challenges involved can be like the storm, the whale, the worm that dried the gourd plant, or the wind and sun that burned Jonah’s head. For us, as for him, they can serve to bring us back to the God of tenderness, who invites us to set out ever anew on our journey.

Jesus preached on the sign of Jonah. The message may resonate for us today. He didn’t want to go to a foreign land. Few places are more foreign than opposites on the ideological spectrum. Likewise across the divides of race, class, ethnicity–not just geography.

Jonah’s mission was successful, but he had hoped for the receptivity of his own people–that is, none. However we view our God-given tasks, even if we are unfaithful, God is prepared to renew the call and help us begin again.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to GeE 134: A Sign of Jonah

  1. Fr. Paul McDonald says:

    “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away”, said our Lord Jesus Christ, who is “the same, yesterday, today and forever”. The Holy Spirit adds in the next breath, “Do not be led away by strange teachings”. So our Divine Lord is INTRANSIGENT in regard to the Truth that He is and that He came down from Heaven to bring us. And so should His members be, HIs disciples, in regard to the Deposit of Faith and Morals.

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